The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested one Precious Ofure Omonkhoa for an alleged bitcoin investment scam in the Ikoyi area of Lagos state.
EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday said Precious was nabbed following credible intelligence about his illegal activities.
Precious allegedly posed as Moshem Cnich, a Swedish national, to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The suspect claimed that he ran a bitcoin scheme where people invest money to make huge returns.
Uwujaren noted that preliminary investigation revealed that Precious engaged in a dating scam and had defrauded two victims in Canada.
“The suspect confessed to have laundered the proceeds of his fraudulent activities by purchasing a piece of land worth $150,000 through bitcoin from CASA-Cubana, a project being run by the Cubana Group”, he said.
It is unclear if the EFCC questioned the businessman about Precious’ transaction with CASA-Cubana during his 4-day interrogation in Abuja.
Uwujaren added that upon his arrest, $50,000 was found in the suspect’s bitcoin wallet and that he will soon be charged to court.